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Southwest Mobile Storage - Best Mobile Storage & Office Containers In Denver, CO

Southwest Mobile Storage is a family-owned shipping container business founded in 1995. Our strength for more than 25 years comes from the specialized knowledge and passion of our people, along with serving over 24,000 commercial, construction and residential customers. Our facility and expertise in maintaining, manufacturing, and delivering corrugated steel containers is unrivaled in the industry.

While the rental side of our business is regional with branches throughout the Southwest, our container sales and modification operations are nationwide and becoming global. Denver, CO offers a wide selection of portable offices and mobile storage containers you can rent, buy or modify.

Our experts in container rental, sales and customization are committed to providing you the highest quality and best experience from service to delivery - our reputation depends on it.

Whether your need is for storage, office space, moving, multi-purpose or custom use, we've got your back. Here's how:

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We bring your storage container to you for convenient, easy access at your home, business or jobsite. Plus, you'll get more choice in storage space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of a pod or add on building, saving money and energy.


Not enough room to keep a storage container at your business, home or construction site? No problem - we can store it for you. Plus, you get 70% more space and better security, for a fraction of the cost of public storage units.


Need a permanent storage solution for your business, residence or construction? We sell new and used shipping containers in many sizes with a variety of add-ons. Or customize a container to your specific storage needs with our certified fabrication experts.


Take your time packing with our moving containers. We'll deliver to your business or home and pick it up whenever you're ready to move. So, you don't have to stress about moving or making multiple trips in one day, like if you rented a moving truck.


Our moving container solutions ensure the long-distance move of your home or business is highly efficient and affordable throughout the southwest. In fact, we usually cost 20%-40% less than full-service movers.


We understand move-in and move-out dates might be different. We can store your moving container at our highly secure facilities until you're ready to move to your new home or business location, and you can conveniently access it at any time.


Whether you need a workspace, conference room, or other office requirement, our ground-mounted mobile offices meet any and all of your business needs. Plus, it's faster and easier than building additions.


If you need your shipping container to serve multiple uses, such as office-storage combos, breakrooms and even utilities, we've got you covered. We'll modify a custom container to fit your business needs and bring your business to the next level


We'll create a custom container to fit your unique needs anywhere in the US. With our container modification expertise, we make any idea a reality. From pop-up stores to multi-story structures, our unrivaled facilities and fabrication experts do it all.

You'll get your own dedicated storage and container expert to serve as your one point of contact for easy, convenient service you can trust.
With our wide selection of intermodal containers for sale and rent, you'll find exactly what you need, from size, to type and condition.
We maintain our rental fleet to the highest standard - our integrity depends on it.
Our certified, experienced Conex container modification experts have more than 500 years combined experience modifying ISO containers.
All of our containers come with high security dual-locking system for no additional charge, so you can rest assured your stored items stay safe and that you don't have to pay extra for it.
At our unrivaled 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility, ensuring your custom shipping container is made exactly to your specifications.
With our level of service, quality and expertise, you won't find a better value anywhere else.
Our portable offices include lighting and electrical outlets, internet hookups, HVAC and were crafted by our in-house steel container fabrication experts for top-quality construction.

Premium Quality - High Security

With Southwest Mobile Storage, you get much more than a POD or typical Conex box. You also get high security, unparalleled service and unmatched container modification expertise and facilities. No other company offers that much.

Shipping containers and storage containers come in a range of sizes. The most common external lengths are 20ft and 40ft with a width of 8ft. ISO Containers are typically 8ft 6in tall, but high cube containers are 9ft 6in tall. We also have steel containers in a variety of sizes from 10ft long to 45ft long to rent or buy, and we can modify shipping containers into any size you want.

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SMS Mobile Storage Containers have these high quality features:

1/8" thick steel plate bottom side rails
High strength steel supporting cross members
1 1/8" thick hardwood floor with galvanized self-tapping screws
16-gauge corrugated steel walls
16-gauge roof
270-degree swing cargo door(s)
High security dual-locking system*
Spot-grinded, primed & repainted with a beige high-grade water reducible alkyd direct-to-metal enamel*
* Comes standard on all rental units

SMS portable workspace containers have these structural features:

High security window bars, lever & deadbolt set with lock box
Studs & R-19 Insulation covered with wood paneling
1 1/8" marine board floor is covered with a durable single part gray epoxy coating
Dual pane low-E horizontal sliding windows with screens and miniblinds
18 Gauge steel polystyrene core 3-hour fire rated personnel door
All of our workspaces are manufactured in-house and arrive new or restored to factory specifications
Exterior load center operating on 100 Amp single phase 230 Volt power
Light switch, receptacles and 4' light fixtures; all wiring is Romex 12/2
CAT-6 voice and data lines with electrical junction box
HVAC units ranging from 1 ton to 2 ton on rentals; ability to customize up to 10 tons of cooling

Having flexible storage containers options is important, but security is crucial to protect your peace of mind and your possessions.

At Southwest Mobile Storage, we don't believe in leaving things to chance. We want you to rest easy knowing your inventory, documents, tools, equipment and other items are safe 24/7. That is why we equip SMS high-security slide bolt locking systems and lockboxes on our entire fleet of rental freight containers.


High-security slide-bolt locking system and extra-long lock box, giving you twice the security and peace of mind.
No holes to ensure your rental shipping container is wind and water-tight.
No rust for your safety.
14-gauge corrugated steel for strength and reinforcement.

Contact us to speak with a helpful, friendly representative to better understand our full range of capabilities. We are happy to answer any questions you have, go over pricing and set up a time and place to deliver your Conex box. Our quotes are 100% free and you are under no obligation to pay for your consultation.


When you own a business or manage one, it's crucial to have efficient, affordable ways to store inventory and supplies, whether it's to grow your business or adapt to changes in the market, like the many caused by the pandemic.

Renting storage containers to keep at your business eliminates the cost and hassles of sending your staff to offsite storage facilities. Steel containers with roll up doors make storing and retrieving items faster and easier. Auto repair shops and other businesses that need easy access throughout the workday to secure storage for tools, parts, equipment or supplies find renting shipping containers to be the best solution for their business storage needs. Southwest Mobile Storage has your back.

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Renting portable offices gives your business more workspace, breakrooms, pop up stores, security booths and more, without the cost and red tape associated with constructing building additions. Plus, a steel storage container fits neatly into one parking space and provides much stronger security than Pods and way more convenience than self-storage units.

If you have a specific need, we can modify shipping containers to build whatever you need to grow your business. Whether it's a portable workspace to run your business, like a pop-up container bar, or a durable facility for scientific research, like a container laboratory, or even a container gym, our unrivaled fabrication facility and modification experts got you covered. Our full-time, in-house staff of certified welders, engineers, electricians, carpenters and painters have over 500 years combined experience modifying thousands of container projects for just about any business use you can imagine.


Offsite storage alternatives cause a mess of hassles and headaches. Expanding office space and storage capacity at your location saves time, money and hassle of making multiple trips offsite.
We offer more choice in security, size and features in steel Conex boxes or ISO shipping containers than a public storage unit or Pod for less cost and far greater service.
We offer flexible, month-to-month rental agreements and prorate by the day after your first 28-day billing cycle.
With us, you get a dedicated account manager you can rely on, so you can focus on running your business than waste time with a different person every time you call that doesn't know or care as much.
While other companies may have some staff for modifying containers, most outsource the work, so you don't know who is actually doing the modifications or how much they're marking up the price.
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When you modify a shipping container for your business, you won't have to worry about expensive, lengthy and complicated construction.
We have modified thousands of containers nationwide and internationally for more than 25 years for NASA, US Navy, GCP Applied Technologies, Helix and Sundt to name a few. And rent containers to Amazon, Walmart and many of other nationally recognized brands.
Our extensive staff makes it possible to custom build multiple projects simultaneously and our 90,000 sq ft indoor fabrication facility prevents contaminants from interfering with fabrication, which delivers better quality and precision.


With an extensive in-house staff and 90,000 sq ft container modification facility, we're able to deliver consistently high quality and work on multiple projects simultaneously for a fast turnaround.

Other companies don't have the facility, staff or resources to modify shipping containers and will outsource the work to various shops who may not have the special experience or tools needed to modify the right way.

You can rest assured knowing your custom container is safe in our hands. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications through every step of the process.

Renting a moving container from us makes your move much less stressful because you won't have to rush to pack your whole house into a moving truck in one day. Instead, you can take your time packing over the course of a month.

Our ISO shipping containers are weatherproof and come with vault-like security, so you don't have to worry about theft or damage to your belongings.

You won't get that level of security from U-Haul or other moving truck companies.

Renting a storage container at your home keeps your belongings close and gives you convenient 24/7 access, so you're always able to retrieve the contents of your container when you need to.

We know move in and move out dates don't always line up. We can store your packed rental container at our secure facility until your new home is ready.

With our mobile storage containers for rent in Denver, CO, you can save up to 40% when compared to full-service long-distance movers, while gaining more flexibility in your schedule.


We know your needs may change suddenly. With our extensive inventory and variety of sizes of portable offices and shipping containers to rent, buy or modify in Denver, CO, we provide fast service and the best value possible so it's easy for you to get whatever you need when you need it.

Renting storage containers and portable offices from us gives you more flexibility when it comes to your schedule and options. If you don't have enough space at your current location or simply would prefer offsite storage, you can keep your rental storage and office containers at your location or ours - whichever is most convenient for you. You also get more options to choose from when it comes to size and features, like portable offices with divided rooms for private meetings or office/storage combos for storage and office space in one container. All while costing a fraction of the price of a pod or self-storage facility.

You can also buy new or used freight containers from us and choose from a variety of add-ons, including lights, electricity, doors and windows. Or fully customize a shipping container to save time, money and energy by skipping the expensive, lengthy process of constructing building additions. We can modify a Conex box into whatever you can imagine for any use you need, from construction tool cribs to office buildings, monitoring stations, mobile communication towers and much more. The possibilities are endless.


You'll never face hidden fees or surprises with us. We give you transparent billing up front at the best prices.

With us, you get a reliable, dedicated point of contact, who keeps you updated every step of the way. You can rest assured knowing you'll always get what you need, when you need it.

No other company has the breadth and depth of staff and experience that we do when it comes to modifying shipping containers. Our certified welders, engineers, electricians, plumbers, carpenters and painters have more than 500 years of combined experience in fabricating custom steel containers.

We prorate your rent by the day after the first 28-day billing cycle, so you don't have to pay for a full month when you only have your mobile containers and offices for a few days.

While other companies may be able to do small container modifications, most don't have an in-house fabrication staff or 90,000 sq ft fabrication facility like we do. As a result, they outsource the work on your custom container, so you don't know who's actually building it.

Rest assured knowing your modified shipping container will be built to the highest quality standards. Our certified weld and quality control inspectors check every step of the fabrication process to ensure everything is structurally sound and built to your specifications.


Whether you're in need of a storage container for your commercial business, a portable office for your construction site, or a moving container for your home, our process is simple and straightforward.

Choose Your Container

Choose the mobile storage solution that works best for your needs. In this step, you will let us know the number of containers you need, their sizes and what types of doors to equip.

Choose Your Options

Let us know if you would like to add any of our rental options, like a folding table or shelving.

Choose Your Security

Choose from padlocks, puck locks and other enhanced security options. All of our storage containers come standard with dual-locking, vault-like security.

Choose Your Delivery Timeframe

You can expect standard delivery within 3-5 days of your order. If you need expedited delivery, we will do everything in our power to accommodate your needs.

Pick-Up Planning

Do you need to keep your shipping container at our location? Prefer to have our team deliver your packed container to a location of your choice? Let us know, and we'll be by your side to work out the logistics.




Let our team know where we should deliver your mobile storage container for rent in Denver, CO. Be sure to let us know if there are any special conditions that might prevent our drivers from entering your chosen destination. Before you schedule your delivery, let us know which direction you would like the doors of your container to face.



Our drivers can deliver your storage container Monday-Friday, between the hours of 6AM and 2PM local time. Our two-hour delivery window is the most precise in the industry. If you desire another delivery time outside of our standard delivery options, we will do our best to accommodate your needs. As a courtesy, our driver will call you at least 30 minutes before they arrive at your drop-off destination.



Before we deliver your Conex box, prepare your delivery area by ensuring that there are no low overhangs, arches, wires, trees or any other obstacles that could interfere with your delivery. It's a good idea to mark the space where you would like your steel container placed.



When our driver arrives, they will back our truck into the space where you would like your shipping container placed. Once we arrive, we will ensure that your container is delivered safely and securely. If placed on asphalt or pavement, we will use wood dunnage pads to make sure your ground surface is protected and the container is level.


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Latest News in Denver, CO

Kareem Hunt Free Agent Fits: Bengals, Ravens, Broncos

2022 was not the contract year Kareem Hunt expected to have. When Cleveland showed no interest in engaging with him on extension talks, Hunt requested a trade and held himself out of practice for a bit in training camp. However, the team didn’t yield, and Hunt came back to soldier out the season.It ended up being th...

2022 was not the contract year Kareem Hunt expected to have. When Cleveland showed no interest in engaging with him on extension talks, Hunt requested a trade and held himself out of practice for a bit in training camp. However, the team didn’t yield, and Hunt came back to soldier out the season.

It ended up being the worst season of his career. He played all 17 games, so if he was hurt it wasn’t enough to sideline him. But Hunt didn’t look as explosive as he used to. He was never fast but he was always a violent runner with an ability to break tackles and generate more yards after contact. In 2022, he looked more like a plodder. He’s only 27, but running back is a position where the cliff can come early and fast.

That could explain why he’s still unsigned, as Hunt was one of the bigger names even in a deep free-agent class for running backs. At this point, he’ll probably have to wait until after the draft to find work, as most teams will prefer to plug a cheap rookie running back in rather than pay a declining veteran if they can avoid it.

Hunt, 27, is a former third-round pick of the Chiefs back in 2017. He was in the second year of his four-year, $3.263-million contract and set to make base salaries of $555,000 and $645,000 over the next two years of the agreement when the Chiefs waived him in December following video of him kicking a woman.

The Browns elected to sign Hunt to a one-year contract worth over $1 million, not factoring in a suspension. Hunt forfeited $303,529 of his $645,000 base salary with his eight-game suspension, with a chance to earn $200,000 in per-game roster bonuses upon return.

Hunt re-signed with Cleveland as a restricted free agent heading into 2020. He was set to make $3.27 million under the second-round tender before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2021 when he signed a two-year, $13.5 million extension before the start of the season.

Hunt is an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

In 2022, Hunt appeared in all 17 games for the Browns and rushed for 468 yards on 123 carries (3.8 YPC) to go along with 35 receptions for 210 yards receiving and four total touchdowns.

We have him included in our Top 100 Available 2023 NFL Free Agents list.

Assuming Hunt isn’t completely washed, his all-purpose skill set would fit in nicely with a team like the Bengals, which needs a third-down back to replace Samaje Perine. For Hunt, he could stay in his home state of Ohio and play for a contending team, which would be two important boxes for him to tick.

If the Bengals aren’t an option, the Broncos are a team to keep in mind. They were rumored to have interest in Hunt at one point, although they’ve since signed Perine.

New HC Sean Payton loves using multiple running backs, and the team will need depth as Broncos RB Javonte Williams returns from a severe, multi-ligament knee injury. If they don’t bring back Latavius Murray, Hunt could be an option for Denver.

The Ravens would also be an interesting team to consider. They’re familiar with his game as AFC North rivals, and while they already have J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards, nearly any place Hunt would sign with this offseason has a crowded depth chart at this point.

There’s a lot of talent league-wide at running back. Baltimore could add Hunt as injury insurance for both Edwards and Dobbins, who didn’t bounce back from major knee injuries as well as the team might have hoped.

Murray scores 34, Nuggets beat Suns 125-107 in Game 1

DENVER -- — Jamal Murray kept imploring the crowd to get louder and louder with each trip down the floor.As if the Nuggets point guard even needed to. His play was already rocking the arena.Murray scored 34 points, hitting six of Denver's 16 3-pointers, and the Nuggets sprinted past the Phoenix Suns 125-107 on Saturday nigh...

DENVER -- — Jamal Murray kept imploring the crowd to get louder and louder with each trip down the floor.

As if the Nuggets point guard even needed to. His play was already rocking the arena.

Murray scored 34 points, hitting six of Denver's 16 3-pointers, and the Nuggets sprinted past the Phoenix Suns 125-107 on Saturday night in Game 1 of their second-round series.

"He’s a bad man,” Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.

Any response to that adulation?

“Thanks?” Murray said. “Appreciate it. ... I’m just playing my game. ... I’m doing whatever it takes to win."

And maybe show a nation that doesn't always get to watch the Nuggets — you know, because they're usually on so late — what the players have known all season: They're talented and worthy of their top seed in the Western Conference. They don't mind if the Suns, as the fourth seed, are the trendy pick to beat them, either.

“We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing, keep proving everybody wrong," Murray said.

Reigning back-to-back NBA MVP Nikola Jokic had 24 points and 19 rebounds, while Aaron Gordon finished with 23 points. But this was the Murray Show, where he went 6 of 10 from 3-point land and frequently exhorted for more noise from the already raucous crowd.

“Let’s be honest, some of the shots he hit tonight I don’t think anybody could have stopped him,” Suns coach Monty Williams said.

Kevin Durant scored 29 points and grabbed 14 boards for the Suns, with Devin Booker adding 27 points and Chris Paul 11. Booker averaged 37.2 points in a first-round series win over the Los Angeles Clippers.

"I thought that they were just more physical, played with more force,” Williams said. “We’ve got to regroup and do a much better job of playing with pace on offense.”

Game 2 is Monday night in Denver.

This is a different sort of playoff series than two years ago, when the Suns swept the Nuggets in the second round. Back then, Denver was without Murray after he tore his ACL.

Now healthy, Murray is flashing his 2020 form inside the NBA bubble that helped Denver advance to the Western Conference finals.

“Jamal just continues to add to the legend of playoff Jamal,” Malone said.

Murray had the play of the night when he stole a pass, split defenders Paul and Durant at top speed and knocked in a layup high off the glass. It brought the capacity crowd to its feet.

The dynamic point guard was far from done energizing the fans, hitting a 3-pointer with just under 7 minutes remaining. He implored them for more noise, even holding a hand to his ear.

Leading 106-95 with 7:40 remaining, the Nuggets went on a 14-0 run to put away the game. Denver led by as much as 25 and improved to 38-7 at home through the regular season and playoffs.

Durant cut off a question about whether he was surprised by the Nuggets.

Because he's not.

“They’re the No. 1 seed for a reason. They got a two-time MVP. They've got a deep team. I’m not surprised,” Durant said. “We've got our work cut out for us.”

The difference was the 3-point line, where the Nuggets outscored the Suns by a 48-21 margin. That and turnovers, where the Suns had 16, including seven by Durant.

“I’ve got to be way more careful with the ball,” Durant said. "I've to look to either shoot the ball or make the correct pass. ... I dang got near half our turnovers. We’ll be fine. I think we've just got to play with confidence, shoot with confidence and see what happens next game.”


Suns: Williams used his challenge early — with 55.4 seconds left in the first quarter — when Booker was called for a charge on a made a basket. It paid off as the call was overturned and Booker awarded a free throw, which he made. ... Deandre Ayton scored 14 points. ... Durant has 4,730 playoff points to move closer to passing Karl Malone (4,761) seventh place on the NBA’s postseason points leaderboard.

Nuggets: Malone called a timeout 32 seconds into the second half to settle his team down. Malone said the conversation was simple: “Wake up,” he recounted. ... Bruce Brown had 14 points.


As Paul approaches his 38th birthday next week, Malone said the one thing that hasn't changed over the years is Paul's elite competitiveness.

“He’ll be 55 years old, playing in a rec league back in North Carolina, and he’s going to be the same guy,” Malone said. “The guy hates to lose, ultra-competitive and one of the greatest leaders I’ve ever been around. ... No matter what stage of his career, he still finds a way to impact winning at a high level.”


This Denver restaurant will close after 50 years in business

DENVER (KDVR) — Piccolo Italian and Mexican restaurant has been open for over five decades. However, on Sunday, the restaurant will close for good.Piccolo announced in a message last month that the restaurant’s last day would be April 30. ...

DENVER (KDVR) — Piccolo Italian and Mexican restaurant has been open for over five decades. However, on Sunday, the restaurant will close for good.

Piccolo announced in a message last month that the restaurant’s last day would be April 30.

Here is a goodbye note Piccolo posted on its website:

From our first day in business we have been committed to providing great food and great service at a great price. Throughout those years so many of you have become dear friends, loved ones, and supporters of Piccolo. It’s because of you we have been able to hold to that commitment and achieve our dream of being a neighborhood staple. There will never be enough words to thank you for that.

It is with heavy hearts we have made the impossibly difficult decision to let Piccolo go. The years of great memories made will remain forever, but our time in southeast Denver has come to an end. This decision is not made hastily. Our staff’s wellbeing and our commitment to a quality experience will remain our priority in these last weeks.

There doesn’t seem to be adequate words to sum up how we are feeling right now. If we tried, this statement would likely go on forever. So, for now, we will just say Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for being our support, our friends, our family.

Our finale will be Sunday, April 30th, so come on in and share your favorite Piccolo memories with us! For the time being, our hours will remain as they are now, and any updates or changes will be published to our website and posted on our Facebook page. Unused gift cards will be redeemable until closing day or can be brought in to the restaurant to be bought out.

So, for now, we’ll be seeing you.

The Piccolo Team


Piccolo is expected to be open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

Social media shares messages

Many fans of Piccolo posted memories and messages on the restaurant’s Facebook page.

“50 years of memories. Love everyone on the staff. Thank you, thank, you, thank you for all the wonderful years. You will be missed,” Sharon said on Facebook.

“Spent my childhood and half my adulthood eating here. Best Italian in the Denver metro area. We had many celebrations and memories there. Sad to see you guys go. Wish you all the best,” Amy shared on Facebook.

“Sending so much love to you and your family. Thank you for all the memories. My family has been going there for literally my whole life! You gave me a job in high school, helped me come out of my shell while bussing tables and I even found my prom date there!” Nicole shared on Facebook.

“This is very sad news. I enjoyed working there over 30 plus years ago. The Canino Family was a great family to work for and I have fond memories of working there. Thank you for the memories,” Tammy shared on Facebook.

If you have memories or experiences you would like to share about Piccolo, the restaurant said you can email them to or post them on the Piccolo Facebook page.

NFL Draft: Here's every player the Seahawks ended up getting in the Russell Wilson trade

Few trades in recent NFL history have immediately worked out like the Russell Wilson trade has for the Seattle Seahawks, who shipped away their franchise quarterback for a bounty of draft picks and ...

Few trades in recent NFL history have immediately worked out like the Russell Wilson trade has for the Seattle Seahawks, who shipped away their franchise quarterback for a bounty of draft picks and somehow ended up getting better.

The final pick from that trade was made on Friday in the second round of the 2023 NFL Draft when the Seahawks selected Auburn linebacker Derick Hall at 37th overall.

Given Wilson's significant step back in play last season, which saw head coach Nathaniel Hackett get fired after less than one full season, the Seahawks were already sitting pretty. Geno Smith, since signed to a big-time extension, turned out to be a perfect replacement for Wilson and led Seattle to a 9-8 record and playoff berth, while the Broncos went 5-12.

For posterity's sake, though, it helps to look at just how much Denver ended up giving up for Wilson.

The full Seahawks-Broncos Russell Wilson trade

Broncos get:

Seahawks get:

Some of those players are obviously more valuable than others. Lock didn't see a single snap last season after losing the quarterback battle to Smith and falling to backup duty, while Harris posted two sacks and has since hit free agency.

Fant was basically what he was in Denver, a somewhat disappointing former first-round pick who posted 486 receiving yards in his first season with Seattle.

Cross was fine as a rookie, starting all 17 games and finishing 54th among 81 offensive tackles in Pro Football Focus' rankings. Still only 22 years old, he has plenty of time to get better. Mafe had 41 combined tackles and three sacks.

Witherspoon might end up being the best player of the entire group, as he is entering Seattle with plenty of hype as the top cornerback in his class and a possible heir to the Legion of Boom legacy.

Of course, the punch line here is that all of these players could wash out of the NFL within a few years and the trade still would have been worth it for the Seahawks, simply by virtue of avoiding paying Wilson the monster five-year, $245 million contract he signed with the Broncos after the trade. That deal is already looking like one of the worst contracts in NFL history.

Getting all those players is still nice, though. The Seahawks also added Ohio State wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba with their natural first-rounder at 19th overall.

Jokic vs. Durant, Murray vs. Booker: Here's everything you need to know about Suns-Nuggets

Perhaps the lowest point of the Nikola Jokic era -- and low is a relative term amid sustained high-level success -- came two postseasons ago in this same round against this same opponent: With the short-handed Nuggets down 3-0 against the Phoenix Suns and bleeding points, Jokic, frustrated at a non-call, wound up and swung hard to dislodge t...

Perhaps the lowest point of the Nikola Jokic era -- and low is a relative term amid sustained high-level success -- came two postseasons ago in this same round against this same opponent: With the short-handed Nuggets down 3-0 against the Phoenix Suns and bleeding points, Jokic, frustrated at a non-call, wound up and swung hard to dislodge the ball from Cameron Payne -- making contact across Payne's face.

Devin Booker confronted Jokic. They went nose-to-nose. Referees assessed Jokic a flagrant foul 2, and ejected him. The Nuggets' season -- a gutsy trudge to the conference semifinals without Jamal Murray and other rotation players -- was over.

The two teams meet again in the same round, but with greater stakes and star power. The Suns came two wins short of the title in 2021, then flamed out in this round against the Dallas Mavericks in 2022 after winning 64 games. This season, they exchanged an ascendent potential All-Star in Mikal Bridges and other key pieces to pair Kevin Durant with Booker, Chris Paul, and Deandre Ayton.

This is Denver's fourth conference semifinals appearance in five seasons; it has won five playoff series in that span. Sneeze at that if you'd like, but keep in mind the Clippers and Brooklyn Nets have won four series combined in four seasons after their respective offseason splashes in 2019. The Nuggets have reached further than this with Jokic once -- in 2020, when they lost in the conference finals. This is their best team of the Jokic era.

It's tempting to frame this series as team continuity against a quick-fix superstar conglomerate, and there is some truth in that. Murray and Jokic have more shared sweat equity than any major pairing here. On the flip side, the Paul-Booker-Ayton trio has logged substantially more minutes than the Murray-Jokic-Aaron Gordon-Michael Porter Jr. quartet -- largely due to injuries.

There is almost no relevant film to go on. Durant and Jokic have not played against each other since May 2021.


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